McNamara Alumni Center

(21 reviews)
200 Oak St SE Minneapolis, MN | (612) 624-9831
| www.mac-events.org
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Wedding: 9/9/2011
Member Since: 12/7/2010 verified review
The PERFECT venue!    posted 10/5/2011

I worked with the WONDERFUL coordinators at McNamara for about 10 months and over the course of my engagement there was not one slip up or missed detail on their part. They are incredible! Not only are they wonderful as people, but they are great at their jobs providing top notch service and communication. This venue has so much to offer with beautiful architectural design, fabulous staff, food that is to die for, and much much more! I don't have a single complaint and highly recommend this beautiful modern venue.

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Wedding: 10/5/2013
Member Since: 7/11/2012 verified review
GORGEOUS    posted 10/22/2013

McNamara is an incredibly gorgeous place to have your wedding. The staff was accommodating to my every need, and bent over backwards to make my day perfect. The whole operation ran smoothly and I could not have been more happy with my decision!

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Wedding: 7/13/2013
Member Since: 1/9/2012 verified review
Couldn't have been better    posted 7/30/2013

We had a great experience from start to finish. Well worth the money.

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Wedding: 5/26/2013
Member Since: 1/11/2012 verified review
An amazing wedding venue    posted 6/22/2013

Our wedding was perfect and went accordingly as planned! And I couldn't have asked for better staff!

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Wedding: 10/20/2012
Member Since: 3/12/2011 verified review
Great venue    posted 11/6/2012

We got so many compliments on the Memorial Hall in the McNamara. It is a great place for a larger group.

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Wedding: 9/9/2012
Member Since: 9/26/2011 verified review
Beautiful Venue    posted 9/26/2012

My husband actually found our venue, and he knew I would like it right away. We had our ceremony and reception at the McNamara, something our guests really liked. We have breathtaking pictures of our ceremony. The staff at the McNamara was very helpful with all of the planning, and accommodated all of our requests. Would recommend.

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Wedding: 7/13/2012
Member Since: 1/7/2012 verified review
McNamara is fantastic!    posted 7/30/2012

The McNamara Alumni Center was amazing! The staff were fantastic and extremely helpful! They were always available to answer my questions and willing to be flexible to the changes I requested. The building itself is extremely beautiful with copper walls and beautiful furniture. I had many compliments about the location from my wedding guests!

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Wedding: 2/25/2012
Member Since: 5/6/2011 verified review
Sarah and Jake    posted 3/13/2012

Amazing staff to work with and beautiful venue. Definitely worth the money!

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Wedding: 10/14/2011
Member Since: 2/4/2009 verified review
Absolutely fantastic!    posted 3/2/2012

My daughter's wedding and reception were held at the McNamara Alumni Center and I could not have been happier with everything! Kim Hamlin was so very helpful to us, and so nice! Everyone that we dealt with there was wonderful. The space was fantastic, the catering by D'Amico was fantastic! They were a great help in coordinating all the vendors coming in, and had some great suggestions and ideas. They were very professional and knew what they were doing. The space itself has beautiful architecture. Many of our guests had never been there before, and were very impressed! I can't say enough about how happy we were with everything! I could not have asked for anything better!

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Wedding: 1/21/2012
Member Since: 7/14/2011 verified review
Ceremony & Reception Venue    posted 2/7/2012

This place is beautiful! Throughout the night we received so many complements on the building and also food and staff. McNamara helped our dream wedding become a reality! The staff is so easy to work with and helped with whatever they could!

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Wedding: 12/11/2010
Member Since: 1/20/2010 verified review
Flexible and Dependable    posted 10/24/2011

The staff was very receptive and open to my ideas. We had horrible weather the day of our wedding and the staff was on top of everything and ready to go amidst the chaos. :) The physical environment is breathtaking and the service was remarkable.

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Wedding: 9/30/2011
Member Since: 1/30/2011 verified review
STUNNING! A Reception MUST!    posted 10/24/2011

I had my wedding reception here and absolutely LOVED it! I viewed several other venues and none of them compared to the McNamara Center, not only was it stunning but the staff was amazing. I received numerous compliments on my venue, the staff and food. I'm an extremely picky eater and I loved ALL the food at the tasting. The staff are extremely helpful and truly invested in making your day perfect. Highly recommend the McNamara Center, you will NOT be disappointed.

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Wedding: 7/30/2011
Member Since: 1/10/2010 verified review
Stunning    posted 8/22/2011

The architecture of the McNamara Alumni Center is what initially caught my eye – it was absolutely stunning!!! The service was impeccable; Kim Hamlin was amazing to work with. She made sure all of my needs as well as my vendors needs were met and was willing to above and beyond to make our day special. The staff was very professional; they ran the sound system and also made sure the slideshow was ready to go. All of our guests were raving about McNamara and have even recommended it to future couples! I would highly recommend this venue to other couples!

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Wedding: 7/1/2011
Member Since: 1/18/2011 verified review
Amazing Venue    posted 7/18/2011

McNamara Alumni Center was an amazing venue for my wedding. They accomodated my need to have both the ceremony and reception for 270 people and provided amazing service and and a memorable day.

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Wedding: 5/14/2011
Member Since: 5/2/2010 verified review
amazing venue    posted 6/13/2011

We couldn't have picked a better place for our wedding. The venue was so naturally beautiful.

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Wedding: 5/15/2011
Member Since: 1/2/2011 verified review
elegant setting for a decent price    posted 6/10/2011

McNamara was such a great open space for our wedding of 190 guests...a beautiful place with dark, elegant feel and water feature, band stand, and high ceiling

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Wedding: 9/4/2010
Member Since: 6/6/2009 verified review
Fantastic    posted 9/22/2010

Overall I'm thrilled that we had our wedding ceremony and reception at McNamara. The space by itself is truly gorgeous and is unlike any other space we toured. The ceremony room was easy to decorate and looked fantastic. There were no strict rules on how I could decorate so I could really get creative. Same goes for the reception space. My event coordinator was awesome to work with and didn't lose patience with all my questions! My only negative comments would be that the representative there on the day of (not the coordinator I had been working with the whole time) was a bit rude. We had brought a couple of bottles of champagne to the space as they had never told us that wasn't allowed. Between the ceremony and reception when we went to pop some bubbly we learned that she had confiscated everything and didn't tell us so we had thought it had gotten stolen. Also, they made a mistake about the rehearsal time. Everyone showed up to rehearse to find out that they had double booked the space and we could not rehearse in the actual ceremony room and we had only about 20 min. to go through everything. Both intances were not a huge issue but defintely added some stress. Despite these little setbacks I would absolutely recommend this venue and would re-book them in the future.

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Wedding: 10/28/2005
Member Since: 1/11/2005
Review for McNamara Alumni Center - University of Minnesota    posted 5/10/2010 (updated 5/27/2010)

Elegant, modern space that is on the University of Minnesota campus where both my husband and I attended. I loved that the location didn't need decoration to be a captivating place to hold an event like a wedding.;McNamara staff were not always helpful or friendly. D'Amico catering staff were very helpful and helped to design a healthy menu exactly to our specifications. The food was incredible- presentation and taste. However, we had about $1000 of surprises that came on our final catering bill.


Wedding: 9/23/2006
Member Since: 3/7/2006
Review for McNamara Alumni Center - University of Minnesota    posted 5/10/2010 (updated 5/27/2010)

The McNamara Alumni Center has a very unique architectural setting. The windows open to the bright skyline, candles can be floated along a water feature that travels throughout, and it's a wonderful open space to hold both the reception and ceremony.


Wedding: 8/27/2006
Member Since: 7/17/2005
Review for McNamara Alumni Center - University of Minnesota    posted 5/10/2010 (updated 5/27/2010)

I loved everything! The food is incredible as is the catering manager and the facility staff. The venue is absolutely gorgeous! Both the catering and facility staff are incredibly flexible, creative, and accomodating. The venue has plenty of physical spaces to meet various needs. They coordinated very easily and well with my outside vendors. They made my vision a reality and made it a priority to make our day special and flawless.;There is nothing to warn about. They are very professional, but at the same time really help you think of everything ahead of time. I had absolutely no problems or trouble. I guess the only thing perhaps worth mentioning is that there is free street parking on Sundays and limited free street parking on Saturday/weekday nights, but otherwise guests or the host/hostess may have to pay for a reduced event parking rate in a very nearby parking garage.

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Award-winning, stunning reception venue

This architecturally unique venue offers two distinct reception areas -- one for parties up to 150 and a larger room up to 400. We do ceremonies, too! Award-winning D'Amico Catering, adjacent hotel and 500-car parking ramp, and quick highway access. RSVP for our Jan. 14 Wedding Showcase!


  • Price Range: $$
  • Outdoor Ceremony Area: No
  • Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
  • Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
  • On the Water: No
  • Tented Area: No
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Onsite Catering: Yes
  • Outside Caterers Allowed: No
  • Kosher Available: Yes
  • Liquor License: Yes
  • Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Valet Parking: Yes
  • Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
  • Liability Insurance: No
  • Site Fee: No
  • Capacity: Up to 400
  • Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Museum/Gallery, Unusual/Alternative

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  • The Knot Best of Weddings 2012The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
  • The Knot Best of Weddings 2008-2009The Knot Best Of Weddings 2008-09

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